The main risk of snoring is that it is associated with laboured breathing, and therefore a degree of sleep apnoea.
Snoring is usually a marker that there is some sleep apnoea, but that's not always the case. If you snore then you are likely to also have some disruption to your breathing, and this is termed sleep apnoea.
Snoring with some laboured breathing, in other words…snoring with some sleep apnoea, is unhealthy and increases the chance of ill health through elevated blood pressure, stress on the heart and blood vessels, increased appetite, reduced alertness and judgement, and reduced performance.
Certainly snoring with major sleep apnoea is a cause of heart disease and stroke, and will shorten your life if left untreated.
However just snoring, i.e. just vibration with little or no sleep disturbance, is currently getting a lot of attention, and it appears that it probably does cause some ill health consequences, but not great. This is a very hard group to study, so the science is a bit contradictory at the present time.
I suspect that there will be a relationship between snoring (on its own), and ill health, so I'd never consider major snoring as something that should be left alone!
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